Will this be a record-setting cold winter? Or will it be mild? Each year we face whatever mother nature has in store.
Luckily, our comfort levels aren’t dependent on what’s happening outside. With the right HVAC equipment, you can ensure you and your family stays comfortable and warm no matter how low the temperature dip.
But the more you turn your thermostat up, the higher your heating bill. Do you really want all of your hard-earned money going out the door that way?
Luckily, there are easy ways to save on your heating bill each month. Here’s how.
Turn down your thermostat
Yes, that means your home might not be as toasty warm as you enjoy. But lowering your thermostat two degrees can save as much as six percent on your heating bill. While you should lower your thermostat when you are at home, pay particular attention to the times when you’re away. That’s when the temperatures can be set even lower, and it won’t impact your comfort level a bit. Also, consider moving it down while you sleep. Snuggle under more covers for that eight hours, and you’ll be rewarded with a lower heating bill at the end of the month.
Learn to use the sun
Right here in Denver, we have the advantage of the sun beating down almost every day of the year. If you have a home with bright open windows, use them to your advantage. Open up the curtains and let the sun shine in. This will help heat the inside of your home naturally. Just be sure to close them up again as night falls and the temperature starts to drop. Consider installing curtains with thermal qualities for added efficiency.
Consider zoned HVAC
How large is your home? Are there areas you rarely use? Before you close the door and turn off the registers, talk with an HVAC technician first. When your HVAC system was installed in your home, the ductwork was used to create an efficient system throughout your home. If you close a camper or shut down a room, it can cause the system to be anything but efficient. It can force air where it shouldn’t be, and cause the system to work harder than it has to. All of that means more repair bills for you, and a system that might wear down before its time. A zoned system can allow you to control different sections of your home with separate mechanics. It’s the best way to keep your house properly conditioned at all times.
Ensure your house is properly insulated
How much of your conditioned air is seeping outside your home? If your attic isn’t adequately insulated, if your doors and windows don’t have adequate weatherstripping and caulking, conditioned air could be flowing outside. And that costs you money.
If you suspect your home might not be as efficient as it once was, the best place to start is with an energy audit. This can reveal the areas of your home where even small fixes can have a big impact.
If you want to save on your heating bill, and keep it as low as possible, the best place to start is by giving us a call today.